Paris Climate Agreement Bad For Usa
11 avril 2021
More importantly, this money is a drop in the ocean from the cost of climate change, including climate-related weather. In March, the U.S. Air Force requested $5 billion to repair weather damage at just two bases in the past six months. Civilian damage is even greater: California wildfires last year caused $9 billion in damage. Worse still, the National Climate Assessment 2018 – a report by 13 federal agencies – predicts that climate change could cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century. Given the above, each competent dealmaker would invest $2 billion if they met climate commitments and encouraged the world`s major polluters to directly address the challenge. In announcing his decision to withdraw from the agreement, Trump said in 2017 that it was a bad deal for the United States. « The Paris climate agreement is simply the latest example of the Washington agreement that penalizes the United States for the exclusive benefit of other countries, » Trump said. He added that « American workers – whom I like – and taxpayers who abandon costs in the form of lost jobs, lower wages, closed factories and very low economic output. According to the National Economic Research Associates, it would cost the U.S.
economy $3 trillion and 6.5 million industrial jobs by 2040 if we met all of our commitments under the Paris climate agreement. We do not need to cripple our economy to protect our environment. President Obama was able to formally enshrine the United States in the agreement through executive measures because he did not impose new legal obligations on the country. The United States already has a number of instruments on the books, under laws already passed by Congress to reduce carbon pollution. The country officially joined the agreement in September 2016, after submitting its request for participation. The Paris Agreement was only able to enter into force after the formal accession of at least 55 nations representing at least 55% of global emissions. This happened on October 5, 2016 and the agreement came into force 30 days later, on November 4, 2016. Finally, instead of giving China and India a passport to pollution, as Trump asserts, the pact is the first time these two major developing countries have agreed on concrete and ambitious climate commitments.
The two countries, which are already poised to be world leaders in renewable energy, have made considerable progress in achieving their Paris goals. And since Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the agreement, the Chinese and Indian leaders have reaffirmed their commitment and continued to implement domestic policies to achieve their goals. « This measure only serves to abandon U.S. leaders on climate change and ignores the considerable risks of an isolated approach to a global threat, » the organization said Wednesday. No country was able to denounce the withdrawal of the agreement before the expiry of a three-year period from the date of ratification.